Well, would you look at that! It’s almost 2017 and chances are good that some of you are reading this in the new year. I touch the future as I write this. (As if homeschooling itself didn’t warp time!)
As a tribute to the passing of this year, I thought I would highlight some of the main homeschooling (and unschooling) news stories throughout 2016.
Now, let’s all be nostalgic together.
The year began with this article about homeschooled children in their natural habitat which made the rounds and, I will admit, made me walk a little taller for being a homeschooler. These are some gorgeous pictures, so if you didn’t have a chance to see them, check them out now.
“If every student in my classroom were a radio, my home-schooled student was the one whose switch was turned on.” A college professor wrote that sentence and it became the highlight of many homeschooling Facebook pages. Especially since it came after thinking that he used to view homeschooling as “a kind of educational abuse, or, at best, neglect.” Read what made him change his mind here.
Some heated battles around homeschooling families and busybodies raged in the spring and summer of 2016.
But fall brought more reluctant admissions of homeschooling being really the best way to get an education in the 21st century from some mainstream media and even from India! Meanwhile, the Secretary of Education was “concerned” for homeschoolers.
And remember this article in The Guardian about radical unschoolers who only learn what they want to?
Overall, I think 2016 was a great year for homeschoolers. According to NHERI – National Home Education Research Institute – there are approximately 2.3 million home educated children in the United States. And we are growing at anywhere between 2% and 8% every year.
I wonder what 2017 will bring. Guess we’ll just have to find out for ourselves.
The Classical Unschooler is now in paperback. Pick up a copy!